Pigeons in Paris

Pigeons in Paris

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The Comparative Cognition Laboratory is a part of the Department of Psychology at the University of Iowa.

Our research concerns the experimental investigation of cognitive processes in animal behavior, with particular interests in comparing cognition and perception in humans and nonhuman animals.  Specific research topics include: conceptual behavior, visual pattern recognition, short-term memory, and causal perception.

Some people may be uneasy as new studies find increasing similarities between animal and human mental abilities. Nevertheless, the aim is to learn how much thinking ability is general throughout the animal kingdom. The evidence that we collect constantly surprises us and forces us to view human behavior in a fresh light.


Study says pigeons peck with purpose

Animal Intelligence: How we discover how smart animals really are

Ed writes extended review of "On the Origin of Tepees"

Ed gives NPR interview on animal cognition (Aug 22nd, 2012)

Ed gives TED talk on Intelligent Design (November 11th, 2011)

Pigeon Study Shows Some Features of Human Face Perception Are Not Uniquely Human (Science Daily April 17th, 2011)

Inside the Minds of Animals (Time Magazine online August 5th, 2010)

Implications of 'Intelligent Design' for human behavior (Science Daily article)

Baboons and pigeons are capable of higher-level cognition (Science Daily article)

Animal smarts surprise researchers (CBS News Article)

Behavioral studies show baboons, pigeons capable of higher-level cognition (CLAS News Service)

Artificial and Natural Selection (2011 Darwin Day Address) (YouTube)

Quote of the Day
Published: December 6, 1988 The New York Times

"Darwin raised the possibility of a continuity in mental development from animals to human beings. And it certainly looks as though he was right.'' - Dr. Edward A. Wasserman of the University of Iowa, discussing the pigeon mind.


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